ITcon Vol. 15, pg. 169-184,

Ontology-based approaches for improving the interoperability between 3D urban models

submitted:July 2009
published:February 2010
editor(s):Teller J, Billen R, Cutting-Decelle A-F
authors:Claudine Métral, Assistant Professor
Centre Universitaire d’Informatique & Pôle en Sciences de l’Environnement, University of Geneva, CH

Roland Billen, Professor
Unité de Géomatique, University of Liège, B

Anne-Francoise Cutting-Decelle, Professor
Ecole Centrale de Lille / Laboratoire de Génie Industriel de Lille, F

Muriel van Ruymbeke, PHD student
Centre Européen d’Archéométrie, University of Liège, B
summary:3D geodata are more and more available as well as realtime visualization possibilities with free three-dimensional viewers such as Google Earth. This implies a growing demand of 3D city models, which are 3D representations at the scale of the city. Despite their intended wide range of applications, such models cannot be used for many urban tasks as they cannot represent the urban information associated with these tasks. On the contrary, ontologies have proven their capacity and usability in the representation of information and knowledge of various domains. Besides, interoperability is a crucial problem for urban information systems. Transferring information between different systems or models requires the ability to set up correspondences between concepts from one system to concepts in the other one. The use of ontologies can greatly facilitate this mechanism of concept matching. In this paper we will present, on the basis of case studies, how ontologies can overstep the semantic limitation of 3D city models and how ontology-based approaches can be used to interconnect urban models in order to improve their interoperability.
keywords:Urban models, 3D city models, ontologies, information management, semantics
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citation:Métral C, Billen R, Cutting-Decelle A-F, van Ruymbeke M (2010). Ontology-based approaches for improving the interoperability between 3D urban models, ITcon Vol. 15, Special issue Bringing urban ontologies into practice, pg. 169-184,